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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    When I purchased Maximus in April, he arrived in horrible condition. I knew by looking at him that something was wrong. His face was Red/Pink, his eyes were swollen and squinted, and he had little red spots all over his face. Ever since then, I have been hoping to find a VET well versed in Bullies ----- but have no idea how to find one. Veternary practices don't really indicate whether they have Vets on staff that specialize in Bullies or have experience with treating them.
    But I'm finding that most Vets do not have alot of experience or knowledge about them or how to treat them.

    Because of that, I've had to do alot of "homework" on my own, and that is what brought me to this site. Thank Goodness !

    Thanks to the members here, I learned that I had to change Maximus' diet, start him on Probiotics, give him Digestive enzymes.......and it WORKED ! 6-months later, he is a totally different Dog and he looks wonderful !

    The downside is that I have spent in excess of $2,600.00 on Vet Bills since receiving Max! My family hasn't let me forget that!

    Owning Bulldogs is very expensive, and the VET bills continue to accrue .....

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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    The wipes sound like the Glen Haven wipes I use on mine but it depends on what's in them. This is what's in mine
    For Dog And Cat Use Only

    GlenHaven F3/W is a wipe for Pets with skin infections that are responsive to antibacterial and/or antifungal therapy, including diffuse bacterial pyoderma and dermatophytosis. It is the primary therapy mode for malassezia dermatitis and localized pyoderma.

    Chlorhexidine, one of the ingredients of GlenHaven F3/W, is an antibacterial agent effective against most gram-negative and -positive bacteria (except pseudomonas). It is also a good antiseptic and disinfectant and does not have de-greasing or keratolytic activity. In general, chlorhexidine can delay wound healing and thus should not be used for prolonged periods on granulating lesions.

    Ketoconazole, another GlenHaven F3/W ingredient, is an antifungal agent that is effective in treating malassezia dermatitis and dermatophytosis. Concurrent systemic antifungal therapy is recommended in cases of severe, generalized infections.
    Ingredients
    Ketoconazole 1%, Chlorhexidine Gluconate 2%, Acetic Acid 2%
    Directions
    Gently cleanse desired areas with the F3/W premoistened applicator wipe. Wipe affected areas as directed by your veterinarian. Each wipe should be used once and disposed.
    Precautions
    For topical use only. Avoid eyes and mucous membranes when bathing your Pet with GlenHaven F3/S. Hypersensitivity to the medications in the shampoo has been reported and should not be used on Pets with a known sensitivity to those medications.

    Keep out of reach of children and Pets. Wash hands after using. For Pet use only. Not for use in ears. If undue skin irritation develops or increases, discontinue use and consult a veterinarian.

    Google yours and see what's in them I use them to clean their folds, nose rope, tear stains and Mack's tail pocket (cork screw tail very tight) they work wonderful for us saved Mack's tail. After using them all the time now I only have to use the once or twice a week now. I wash faces everyday with Spa facial scrub I get from carolina pet pantry ck out their web site then 2 x's a week use the pads prevents any yeast infections or bacteria. So I would try that first and a good tee tree shampoo with aloe I get from CPP to and gives baths 2/3 times a month.

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    Wow this is all such great information. I am having to get a notebook to take notes in!!!! Everyone seems to mention Carolina's Pet Pantry. Is the owner on here? Everyone seems to like the site so much. I looked around and it does seem pretty great. I am just going to have to sit down with all my notes and come up with a game plan on what I should try first and how I woul dgo about changing things as I go along if it does not work. Thanks for all the wonderfull advice!!

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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    if you go to the home page at the bottom is an add for carolina's pet..

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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    I haven't read all the responses yet but wanted to just put in my experience real quick.

    I consulted my vet prior to even purchasing an EB. He was instrumental in our decision to get this breed and I wanted to be sure that he and his associates had experience with EB problems and were able to handle them, where I live we don't have alot of choices close by. I have had a great experience so far however Bear is only 8 months so time will tell.

    I have been "interviewing" kennels too for when we go on vacation, that is a huge concern of mine and part of the reason we haven't planned any retreats yet.

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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    I am trying to just be blunt and ask the vet if they have a lot of EB dogs that they currently treat. THat is not rude is it?

    I struggle with vacations as well. My Fila Brasileiro just hates everyone. I thought this was great when we got him because I travel a lot and he keeps my wife and kids safe while I am gone. The only problem is my wife and I cannot go on vacation together. lol My wife, me, and kids are the only people that can touch him. We are really wanting to go somewhere but cannot figure out what to do with him. Crazy!!!

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    Default Re: How to choose a good Bully vet

    That's a good, complicated question.

    I will offer this, from my experience:

    Vets on the recommended lists are not infallible. Some of them (my opinion from experience) shouldn't be practicing.

    Never let your guard down with your bully's health. Don't stray from your instinct and a 2nd opinion is always an option (in my case added quite a bit of time to my bully's life).

    After an awful experience with a vet, my strategy was to find a smart (Cornell, etc. educated), well trained (abreast of bully ailments and maladies:revealed through inquiry), and most importantly resourceful (knows their limits and has a good relationship with the best specialists).

    I was succesful, but think some higher power was looking out for me.
    Last edited by Wigglesworth; 02-21-2011 at 12:18 AM.

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